Pictures show us the importance of lean angle and we remember how we steer our bicycles, with bar pressure. We see our racing heroes with their weight to the inside of the bike and try that too. During onboard footage we hear the gentle throttle initiation of the best riders and realize that the announcer saying, “He grabs a handful of throttle!” is wrong. We listen and learn that acceleration can safely increase only when the bike stands up off the corner and know that our friend is wrong when he says, “accelerate through the corner.” We see the riders’ fitness and focus on TV. We see how clean the machines are at the front of our local club races.
We see the high-mileage veterans in full gear, head to toe. The reliance on their bikes brings almost religious maintenance. They don’t beat on their tools (bikes) with burnouts, wheelies, neutral revving. They are one with their bikes as they cover great swaths of the country in single sittings. They are calm, focused, and gentle, with bike mods aimed at making the joy of mile eating more comfortable and pleasurable.